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This is Ukraine today – December 2: Ukraine’s parliament votes in new government

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December 2: Ukraine’s parliament votes in new government

December 2 – With heavy artillery the terrorists shelled the village of Trohizbenka in Luhansk region – two civilians were killed.

December 2 – Russian terrorists are relocating armored vehicles to the area near the town of Stanytsya Luhanska (they are relocating 3-4 tanks at a time), – said the Member of Parliament and coordinator of “Information resistance” group Dmytro Tymchuk. At the same time and in the same area, mobile groups of terrorists, reinforced with armored vehicles, want to force Ukrainian troops from the river Siversky Donets, alternating shelling and other forms of attacks.

December 2 – In the last 24 hours, 2 Ukrainian military were killed and 4 injured in the ATO area, – informed NSDC spokesman Andriy Lysenko.

December 2 – President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has granted Ukrainian citizenship to three potential ministers, who have been invited to work in Ukraine. American Natalie Jaresko is proposed to become the Minister of Finance, Alexander Kvitashvili – Minister for Healthcare and Aivaras Abramovich – Minister for Economy.

December 2 – During NATO-Ukraine meeting, Ukrainian government has informed Alliance representatives that official Kyiv intends to withdraw its non-alignment strategy – NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

December 2 – Acting Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak estimates the number of Russian troops located in Ukraine at six thousand people. Member of Ukrainian Parliament Dmytro Tymchuk confirms this number by Poltorak. According to him, a total number of Russian mercenaries and military in Ukraine is close to 14 thousand persons.

December 2 – On December 2nd, power outages [forced power switch off] have started in Ukraine – Minister for Energy and Coal Industry Yuriy Prodan.

December 2 – Coalition of parliamentary factions in the Parliament of Ukraine has voted for 17 candidates to become members of the Cabinet of Ministers and submitted the list of approved candidates to Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

December 2 – Ukrainian Parliament has voted for a new government of Ukraine. Despite intense protests (from journalists) regarding the creation of a “Ministry for Truth” and against nepotism, this idea was voted for as part of a larger “law package”. Maidan activists who became MPs voted against it or abstained from voting altogether.

December 2: NATO is to launch five trust funds to support Ukraine instead of the four planned earlier.

December 2: NATO foreign ministers on Tuesday issued a stinging rebuke of Russia’s actions in Ukraine, accusing Moscow of providing tanks and other weapons to militants in east Ukraine in violation of the Minsk peace agreements “We strongly condemn Russia’s continued and deliberate destabilization of eastern Ukraine in breach of international law, including the provision of tanks, advanced air defence systems and other heavy weapons to the separatists.”

December 2: National Security and Defense Council spokesman Andriy Lysenko has said that “Russian special forces are taking a direct part in the attack on Donetsk airport, but it doesn’t help the enemy.”

December 2: Russian-backed insurgents have brought armored vehicles, including tanks, to the village of Stanytsia Luhanska, in groups of three to four at a time, head of the Information Resistance group Dmytro Tymchuk.

December 2: Talks between the leaders of a Ukrainian-Russian military liaison group at Donetsk airport ended with agreement on a ceasefire.

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Taras Voznyak

Culture expert, political scientist, editor-in-chief and founder of Independent Cultural Journal "Ї", Co-founder and Head of the Board of Directors of Polish-Ukrainian Cooperation Foundation (PAUCI), Member of the Board of Directors of International Renaissance Foundation, Executive Director of the Ukrainian Center of International PEN-Club
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